Readings by Ellen Hagan (Hemisphere, Northwestern University Press/TriQuarterly), Parneshia Jones (Vessel, Milkweed Editions), Anne Marie Macari (Red Deer, Persea Books), and Jean Valentine (Shirt in Heaven, Copper Canyon Press) celebrate the 2015 Poets House Publication Showcase (Full Audio, Approx. 1 hr.)
Laura Kasischke, author of both poetry and popular novels and winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in poetry for Space, in Chains discusses how writing poetry and prose are opposite ways of approaching material, language, and life, drawing on her own work as well as that of other multigenre writers. (Full Audio, Approx. 1 hour)
Readings by Timothy Liu (Don’t Go Back to Sleep, Saturnalia Books), Sara Jane Stoner (Experience in the Medium of Destruction, Portable Press @ Yo-Yo Labs), Yolanda Wisher (Monk Eats An Afro, Hanging Loose Press), and Magdalena Zurawski (Companion Animal, Litmus Press) celebrate the 2015 Poets House Publication Showcase (Full Audio, Approx. 1 hr.)
Readings and performances by Lee Ann Brown, Eliot Katz, Amy Lawless, Dawn Lundy Martin, Ryan Doyle May, Sharon Mesmer, Eileen Myles, Uche Nduka, Bob Rosenthal, Michael Schumacher, and Steven Taylor celebrate the publication of The Essential Ginsberg (Harper Perennial, 2015). Introduced by Bob Rosenthal (Full Audio, approx. 1 hr, 15mins)
Poets Bill Berkson (Expect Delays, Coffee House Press), Dorothea Lasky (Rome, Liveright), Rowan Ricardo Phillips (Heaven, Farrar, Straus and Giroux) and Elizabeth Willis (Alive: New and Selected Poems, New York Review of Books) open the 2015 Poets House Showcase, our free exhibit featuring all of the new poetry books and poetry-related texts published in the United States in a single year from over 650 commercial, university, and independent presses.
Artists Barbara Henry, Allen Crawford, Davin Kuntze, and Sam Gordon discuss bringing the work and influence of Walt Whitman into the contemporary world at the opening of the exhibition, Walt Whitman & the Art of the Book: Contemporary Visions. Introduction by Poets House Artistic Director Stephen Motika (Full Audio, approx 40 mins)
Steven Sher is the author of 14 books including, most recently, Grazing On Stars: Selected Poems (Presa Press, 2012) and The House of Washing Hands (Pecan Grove Press, 2014). He has taught writing for more than 35 years at many universities, workshops, festivals, writers in the schools programs and his poetry and prose have appeared in some 350 publications around the world.
Can meditation foster poetry? Can poetry foster meditation? This four-week workshop begins with basic instruction and exercises in meditation, and then examines whether certain types of poetry can bring about similar experiences. Topics will include:
– How meditation and poetry can spring from daily-life experiences, yet transcend them.
– Poetry as mantra.
– Prayer as poetry and mantra, and the differences between meditation and prayer.